Welcome to the MLB DFS Stacks article - where we’ll be looking to highlight the best hitting stacks of the day. These recommendations are categorized as “Cash Game Stacks” and “Tournament Stacks” while outlining risk/reward situations. We will add additional context with other hitting/pitching options throughout the article.
Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our MLB News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
We will be looking at the six-game main slate beginning at 7:05 ET.
CASH GAME STACKS
Cincinnati (at Arizona - RHP Riley Smith)
The Reds are on fire after scoring 63 runs in their first seven games. There’s a great chance they’ll keep that momentum against middle-of-the-road Arizona RHP Riley Smith this evening. Chase Field is considered a hitter-friendly park, and the D-Backs rank 23rd in bullpen WAR entering this season. Tyler Naquin leads the league in homers (5) after hitting four all of last season. What?!? He’s part of a legitimate Cincinnati stack that also features Nick Castellanos, Jonathan India, Eugenio Suarez, and Mike Moustakas (listed in order of preference).
LA Dodgers (vs. Washington - RHP Austin Voth)
It seems like the Nationals are having a bullpen game with Voth as their (potentially abbreviated) starter. Maybe we will see some of RHP Erick Fedde, who was hammered for six hits and five earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched last week. Either way, it sets up well for this lethal Dodgers’ offense. Our MLB DFS Optimizer has Mookie Betts and Corey Seager as two of the top overall hitters regardless of position. That should come as no surprise. Justin Turner and Max Muncy join them in the top ten.
Boston (at Baltimore - LHP Bruce Zimmermann)
The Reds and Dodgers are undoubtedly cash game stacks tonight. The next spot is up for debate. You could easily make an argument for Toronto, Boston, or San Diego here. I’m leaning towards the Red Sox against Baltimore LHP Zimmermann. If you recall, Zimmermann recorded a quality start against Boston last week (6 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 3 ER). I really think the Red Sox could punish him this time around, as offenses tend to do much better against a starter after facing them recently - especially if that pitcher is average at best. J.D. Martinez is one of the top overall plays of this slate. Xander Bogaerts is terrific, and Chrisitan Vazquez is the best catching option tonight. Kike Hernandez is an interesting value filler to round out this Boston right-handed stack.
Arizona (vs. Cincinnati - RHP Jeff Hoffman)
This is my favorite underrated/cheap stack of the night. Cincinnati RHP Jeff Hoffman looked great in his first start of the season last week, but let’s remember that he holds a 6.30 ERA with a .409 career wOBA split to right-handed bats. Some of that is inflated due to pitching in Colorado, but still. The Diamondbacks could pile up some runs against that with Christian Walker, David Peralta, and Eduardo Escobar inflicting damage. Even give me Tim Locastro as a cheap filler if he’s leading off.
Baltimore (vs. Boston - RHP Garrett Richards)
The Orioles were able to get to Garrett Richards at Fenway Park last week, scoring six runs on seven hits through two innings. I don’t want to draw too many conclusions from that, but keep in mind that Cedric Mullins went 5-5 with three doubles (two off Richards) from the leadoff spot that game. He’s firmly in play for DFS purposes. Ryan Mountcastle, Anthony Santander, and Trey Mancini round out a potential Baltimore stack while Maikel Franco can be considered a boom-or-bust wild card for large-field tournaments.